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Chapter LIV (54)
Following the party, Rhett berates Scarlet for chasing Ashley after kicking her own husband out of her bed. She tries to explain, but he won’t hear it, and after a few moments of his insults, she no longer cares to explain. He tells her that he has always loved her and has been waiting for her to return his love. Finally he carries her off to bed and makes savage love to her.
She responds with equal passion, but in the morning her bed is empty. She clings to his claims of love, but after two days decides that it was all a lie. When he does come home, he gives her only a casual hello and a sarcastic apology for his behavior. She vows to keep her door locked in the future. Rhett takes Bonnie and leaves for a trip to New Orleans.
Once again, Scarlett would return Rhett's love, but his own misunderstanding prevents reconciliation between them.